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Severe Weather Causes Flooding, Fires Across Triangle

Posted August 9, 2005

— Sounds of thunder echoed throughout Raleigh for about an hour Tuesday morning, lightning flashed in the morning sky and storms dropped buckets of rain. While the storms did not last long, they lasted long enough to cause problems around the Triangle area.

Traffic had to be detoured because of flooding at the inbound lanes of

Glenwood Avenue near Lynn Road

, Raleigh police said. On Hillsborough Street, clogged drains also caused minor flooding.

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    Heavy Rain, Flooding Hits The Triangle

  • Authorities believe lightning struck a tree that downed power lines at a house on

    Bearskin Court

    in Raleigh. There was no visible fire damage and no reports that anyone was hurt.

    Lightning also caused a house fire on

    Covington Square Drive

    in Cary. Neighbors said lightning hit a pine tree in front of Mike Klayko's house. No one was home at the time, but Klayko had pulled into his driveway immediately after the lightning strike and saw flames coming from his top floor. He had arrived just in time to rescue his dog.

    "A lot of our personal stuff is gone," said Klayko, who said he had just finished having a conversation with a friend about the power of lightning.

    "We were discussing how lightning could hit a tree and enter the attic and that's exactly what it did," he said. "What are the odds? I can't believe it."


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